Saturday, February 2, 2002
Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs underwent a first-quarter scoring drought against league foe Battle Mountain Saturday. But shots started sprinkling in by the second quarter and turned into a virtual thunderstorm by the second half.
The Sailors had four players score in double digits as they went on to capture their second league victory with a 63-28 win over the Huskies.
They started out flat, allowing the Huskies to take the lead 9-7 at the end of the first quarter. But the Sailors quickly tied the game in the second quarter when Emily Hines penetrated the inside for two points. The Huskies jumped to a 14-12 lead midway into the second quarter, but point guard Jessica Flores ignited the Sailors' scoring when she stole the ball and took it down for a layup.
She followed the layup with a 3-pointer that put the Sailors ahead 17-14. The gap widened on the Sailors' next possession when Flores made an assist to guard Jennifer Weber, who drilled a 3-pointer of her own.
After the Huskies' Krista Kedrowski netted one from the foul line, Hines, a senior guard, found some room inside and passed off to post Bayli Stillwell for two more.
Weber put in another two points to give the Sailors a cushion at 24-15 heading into halftime.
"We didn't have a good first half. We didn't come out with the kind of intensity we should have," Sailors coach Bruce Alston said. "We talked about it at the half and they came out with a little bit higher level."
While the Sailors held the Huskies to just two points in the third quarter, they continued on their scoring spree, collecting 17 points. The Sailors continued to knock down the 3's as 15 of their 33 points came on treys during the second half.
While the Sailors stepped up their defense, Alston said the Huskies' relatively soft zone made it easier for the Sailors to get good looks from the outside.
Bombing three 3-pointers in the second half, Weber led Steamboat, along with Stillwell and Flores, all who recorded 13 points for the night. Point guard Anya Allen followed with 12 points.
Stillwell, who led the team with nine rebounds, pounded the boards on both sides of the court.
"She got some extremely nice offensive rebounds," Alston said. "We really out rebounded them."